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NextGen Institute 2022

October 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - March 6, 2022 @ 3:00 pm CDT

2022 NextGen Institute

engaging student participants to become future leaders through insight into the student affairs profession and relevant pathways into the field

The NextGen Institute is a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the field of student affairs and who have not yet begun graduate studies to learn more about the field of Student Affairs. In particular, the NextGen Institute brings together individuals from across the world to learn about the profession of Student Affairs and Higher Education, ACPA, graduate preparation, functional areas, and the core values that guide our work. This is an opportunity for the next generation of Student Affairs and Higher Education educators to meet and learn from current graduate preparation program faculty, NextGen alumni, and professionals with a variety of personal and professional experiences and identities from diverse institutional types and positions.

Mission Statement:

The ACPA NextGen Institute engages participants in an exploration of the student affairs profession and relevant pathways into the field. By fostering connections among participants, mentors, and ACPA entities, NextGen provides opportunities for information gathering, reflection, and guidance that create a valuable pipeline for future graduate students and professionals in student affairs. NextGen strives to reflect research-informed scholarship and practice in welcoming new collaborators in our efforts to actualize more socially just campuses and a more inclusive profession and world. 

two students at the NextGen Institute smiling while sitting around a table


As an extension of ACPA- College Student Educators International and guided by its Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization, the ACPA NextGen Institute strives to center and implement the following core values in all of its aspects:

Love: We consciously, courageously, and radically choose to invest honesty, care, and respect in dismantling barriers and alleviating oppression in pursuit of individual and collective healing.

Critical consciousness: We commit to continuously heightening our own awareness of social identities and behaviors, together with understanding how we are socialized to perpetuate historical and contemporary oppression in order to disrupt it and engage in liberation.

Relationships: We strive to foster connections that mentor, sustain, and/or uplift the next generation of student affairs scholars and practitioners. 

Lifelong learning: We model and instill humility and curiosity in continually learning, listening to counter-narratives, and finding ways to hold the “both-and” in the complexities of our field.

Self-definition: We believe that every individual’s definition of thriving is unique and informed by the contexts of their intersecting identities. We are committed to assisting each individual’s determination and achievement of what thriving means to them.Critical hope: We proudly engage in challenging, transformative work as scholars and student affairs practitioners in higher education as we move toward positively influencing belonging and success for all community members within our respective institutional environments.

student at the nextgen institute holding a microphone surrounded by other participants with smiling faces

institute schedule

This year, the NextGen Institute will include:

  • Virtual webinars occurring in fall 2021 and spring 2022
    • Overview of Student Affairs and the NextGen Institute: Wednesday, October 6th, 7pm – 8:30pm EST
    • Applying and Selecting a Graduate School: Wednesday, October 27th, 7pm – 8:30pm EST
    • A Look at ACPA and the Entities: Wednesday, January 26th, 7pm – 8:30pm EST
  • Mentorship connections with current ACPA members
  • 2 days of Virtual Engagement – March 5 from 12:00 – 4:00pm CT and March 6 from 12:00 – 3:00pm CT prior to the ACPA22 Convention

learning outcomes

ACPA’s NextGen Institute participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scope of student affairs work within higher education. 
  2. Articulate the skills necessary to be a critically reflective student affairs professional.
  3. Explain how their interests, passions, skills, and aspirations have inspired their interest in a career in student affairs.
  4. Evaluate the characteristics of a student affairs graduate preparation program that will meet their personal and professional needs.
  5. Describe how aspects of ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization (SIRJD) resonate with their personal and professional practice. 
  6. Identify an ACPA entity group (community of practice, coalition, commission, network, chapter) that they would like to engage with to further support their professional development.
  7. Develop supportive relationships with peers and current student affairs professionals to build their professional network.

Mentor/Mentee Matching

This year, NextGen Participants will be matched with mentors!

  • Mentors can anticipate spending 1-2 hours/month between October and March. We suggest mentor-mentee connections try to connect once a month via phone/video chat. A list of potential topics and relevant NextGen information will be shared as mentors are matched with mentees.
  • Mentors are not required to attend ACPA22 in St. Louis
  • Initial matching will occur after October 15 and then continue on a rolling basis
  • Questions/comments/concerns can be directed to Lauren Irwin at [email protected]

Registration information

  • Virtual webinars occurring in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 (recordings included for later registrants).
  •  2 days of Virtual Engagement – March 5 from 12:00 – 4:00pm CT and March 6 from 12:00 – 3:00pm CT prior to the ACPA22 Convention


institute planning team

click on a faculty name below to learn more about them!

Antonio Duran

antonio duran headshotRole: Chair

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Pronouns: He/him

Position(s) and Institutions: Assistant Professor, Higher Education, Florida International University

Antonio Duran (he/him) is an Assistant Professor at Florida International University in the Higher Education program. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Antonio had the opportunity to attend New York University for his undergraduate institution thanks to a first-generation college student scholars program (AnBryce Scholars). There, he majored in English and American Literature. From his time at NYU, he then attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, receiving his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. It was during his time at Miami University that he found his love for engaging in research about minoritized individuals in postsecondary education. He pursued this passion for research by obtaining his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University. Now, his research involves understanding how historical and contemporary legacies of oppression influence college student development, experiences, and success.

Lisa Landreman

Lisa Landerman headshotRole: Chair-Elect

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Preferred Email Address: [email protected] 

Position(s) and Institutions: Vice President of Student Affairs Willamette University

Lisa Landreman currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Willamette University in Salem, OR. For over 3 decades she has worked in higher education and students affairs administration in various roles in residence life, disability services, health education and Title IX and on the leadership team of 3 Semester at Sea voyages. Serving as a scholar-practitioner throughout her career, she has taught courses and co-authored articles on student development, sexual violence prevention, and intercultural learning, and edited a book on social justice education facilitation. She served on the ACPA Governing Board as Director for Professional Development and was recognized as a Diamond Honoree for leadership in the field. Landreman received her BS in Social Work from UW-LaCrosse, her MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.


Dana Pursley

Dana Pursley headshot

Pronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Director of the Alford Community Leadership and Involvement Center – Denison University

Dana Carnes Pursley is a leadership educator committed to developing students who will create change by leading their organizations, communities, and the future. In her decade-long career, Dana has worked in residence life, leadership education & development, campus organizations & student government, fraternity & sorority life, community service & civic engagement, and large-scale programming & campus traditions. Currently, Dana serves as the Director of the Alford Community Leadership and Involvement Center at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Prior to Denison, Dana served as the Associate Director of the Center for Leadership at Elon University in North Carolina. Dana has also worked at Wittenberg University and Otterbein University. Dana’s professional interests include social justice & equity, organization development, LGBTQIA students, faculty, & staff support, and sexual assault awareness & prevention.


Ivy Colon

Ivy Colon headshotPronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Director, University at Buffalo

Mrs. Ivanna Colon, known to most as Ivy, is the Director of Student Support Services at the University of Buffalo and is a first year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Ivy is a two time graduate of Binghamton University. Ivy is a strong advocate for first generation student and college access programs. She is actively involved in ACPA through the Latin@/x Network. She has also served on the planning committee for the 2020 ACPA Convention in Nashville, TN. Ivy’s professional interests include advocacy, social justice and equity and professional development for staff members. Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling and serving the community.

Laila McCloud

Laila McCloud headshotPronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

Laila McCloud (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. Prior to pursuing a faculty career, Dr. McCloud served as a student affairs educator focused on issues of equity and access. Her research uses critical theories and methods to broadly explore relationships between anti-blackness and the professional and academic socialization of students within U.S. higher education.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy headshotPronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Assistant Director, Residential Education- George Washington University

Lauren is the Assistant Director for Residential Education at the George Washington University. She is a proud native of Massachusetts, and received her BA in English and History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MA in English and History at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. She has worked in Student Affairs/ Residential Life for the last 8 years, and focuses on creating opportunities that maximizes the unique strengths of each individual.  


Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin headshotPronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: PhD Student & Graduate Student Researcher, University of Iowa

Lauren Irwin is a Ph.D. student in the University of Iowa’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a research assistant with the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education. Lauren completed her bachelor’s at UCLA and earned a master’s at Michigan State University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Lauren created and ran a campus-wide leadership education program and taught InterGroup Dialogues at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Across Lauren’s career, her work has centered on facilitating meaningful personal, team, and organizational development with a focus on equity and social justice. Lauren continues to work within and study higher education because she believes in the power and value of higher education for college students’ learning, growth, and development. Lauren’s research uses critical theories of race to study how inequities are perpetuated on college campuses. Lauren is a proud cat mom who also loves hiking and wine tasting.

Romeo Jackson

Romeo Jackson headshotPronouns: They/Them

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Political Education Coordinator, Black Youth Project 100 & PhD Student, Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Romeo Jackson (they/them/theirs) serves as the  Political Education Coordinator, Black Youth Project 100 and is a PhD Student in the Higher Education Leadership program at Colorado State University. 

Hailing from the southside of Chicago, and the grandchild of Gracie Lee Fowler, Romeo is a first-generation college student, queer, non-binary femme, and a Black descendant of the estimated 11 million Africans who were kidnapped and sold into enslavement. Romeo is a feminist dedicated to intersectional justice and cross-movement building. Their research, writing, and practice explores race/ism, settler colonialism, gender, and sexuality within a higher education context with an emphasis on the experiences of queer and trans students of color. Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a Black queer feminist lens.


Shaunda Brown-Rivera

Shaunda Brown-Rivera headshotPronouns: She/her

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Assistant Director of Diversity and Multicultural Recruitment, Bowling Green State University

Shaunda (she/her) is committed to creating equitable enrollment practices and educational environments that center the experiences of Black students and queer and trans students of color. Her research and practice explores race, gender and sexuality within higher education and graduate preparation of higher education and student affairs professionals. 

When Shaunda is not working, she is a private chef and can often be found in the kitchen creating new recipes.

Will Hsu

Will Hsu headshotPronouns: He/him/his/他

Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Position(s) and Institutions: Residence Director, University of San Francisco

Will Hsu (he/him/his/他) currently works as a Residence Director and serves as a Co-Coordinator for the Asian/Asian American Staff & Faculty Council (AAASFC) at the University of San Francisco. A first-generation college graduate earning his B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.S. in Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Binghamton University, Will is also an alumnus of the 2017 NextGen cohort. Since then, he has volunteered with ACPA’s NextGen Institute and Annual Convention, and currently serves as a Communications & Networking Co-Chair for ACPA’s Asian Pacific American Network (APAN). He is also involved with NASPA’s Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC) and has served as a NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Mentor. Traveling/foodventures, cooking, going to the movies, (car)aoke, recreational sports, and Costco and Trader Joe’s are a few things that bring him joy outside of student affairs.


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Facebook Groups:

Student Affairs Graduate Students

  • This group is designed for the active student affairs graduate students across the world. It was created as an online space for networking, sharing materials and resources, as well as learning more about each program and person in the field. 

Student Affairs Professionals

  • This is a space where SAPros share, learn, grow, and laugh together. We encourage our members to be authentic when sharing their thoughts, experiences, and ideas.

Black LGBTQIA+ SA Pros

  • The purpose of this group is to provide space for Black LGBTQIA+ folks in Student Affairs and Higher Education where we never are asked to choose part of ourselves over another.


    October 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm CDT
    March 6, 2022 @ 3:00 pm CDT
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